Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Behind the Aliens-Will-Smite-Us News Story

Would these guys want to come here?

It isn’t every day that a research paper published in an obscure academic journal attracts its own, full blown article in a major newspaper. It isn’t every day that a science correspondent writes an article that merits a headline as bizarre as the following: Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilizations, say scientists.
One of the main assertions of this Guardian news story has already been article

 Can't grow a freaking' thing up here, global cooling and there is no CO2!  

The IPCC-Pachuri-Carbon merchants

Questions and answers

Rajendra Pachauri is the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. We’re told this United Nations body is a scientific organization that writes scientific reports. Pachauri is also a grownup. He’s in his seventies, for heaven’s sake, and holds a PhD in economics.
 So why is his analysis always article

Pachuri's Squishy Timeline

Back in January 2005, Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told us there wasn’t a moment to lose in the fight against climate change.
  By November 2007 he was ominously declaring that the next two to three years would determine our future. That was the defining moment. It would be too late, he said, if a new emissions treaty wasn’t in place by 2012.
 Needless to article

The Journal of Climate and the IPCC

We’re supposed to trust the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) because much of the research on which it relies was published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
 But what happens when the people who are in charge of these journals are the same ones who write IPCC reports?
 Today’s exhibit is the Journal of Climate. It’s published article 

Global warming (or cooling) and cancer which should get priority?

Global priorities

We live in one of the richest nations on Earth. But waiting times for one type of cancer treatment in Australia have blown out to the point where 2,500 people are dying every year article

UK: coldest summer since 1993

From the Weather Isn’t Climate Department. Ah, memories of an English summer’s day on the beach when I was a kid – before Global Warming, that is: covered in goosebumps, sand in the ice-cream, the bucket and spade are halfway to France, with the beach-ball not far article